‘Comey better hope there are no tapes of our conversations’ before leaking to press – Trump
James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017
Comey, who had been leading an investigation into alleged collusion between Trump's advisers and Russian officials, was abruptly fired by the president on Tuesday.
The former FBI director has said that he is "not worried about any tapes" that Trump may have of their dinner conversation, according to CNN.
The White House refused to comment on the president's tweet, but said it was "not a threat."
When asked about a former FBI official who said that the implied threat in Trump's tweet shows that the president is "simply out of control," White House press secretary Sean Spicer replied: "That's frankly offensive."
In a separate tweet, Trump questioned when the “witch hunt” would end, noting that former National Intelligence Director James Clapper and “virtually everyone else” with knowledge of the situation says there has been no collusion with Russia.
When James Clapper himself, and virtually everyone else with knowledge of the witch hunt, says there is no collusion, when does it end?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017
Trump admitted during a Thursday interview with NBC's Lester Holt that "this Russia thing" was on his mind when he made the decision to sack Comey, who he referred to as a "showboat."
However, he said the main reason for firing him was because the FBI has been "in turmoil."
"You take a look at the FBI a year ago, it was in virtual turmoil, less than a year ago. It hasn't recovered from that," Trump said.
Trump has repeatedly denied that he or anyone on his staff has ties to Russia, tweeting earlier on Friday that the story was "fabricated by Democrats as an excuse for losing the election."
Again, the story that there was collusion between the Russians & Trump campaign was fabricated by Dems as an excuse for losing the election.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017
Trump has vowed that Comey will be replaced by "someone who will do a far better job," noting that he had "lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington."
James Comey will be replaced by someone who will do a far better job, bringing back the spirit and prestige of the FBI.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2017